Water main leak in Northamptonshire road will not be fixed until April

Preston Deanery Road
Preston Deanery Road

A leaking pipe that has flooded a Northamptonshire road for a week will not be repaired until the end of April.

Water has been steadily trickling down Preston Deanery Road, which runs between Quinton and Preston Deanery, since at least February 18.

However, Gavin Hardy, who reported the problem has been told be Anglian Water that it is unable to take action for two months because it does not have permission from Northamptonshire County Council to close the road.

Mr Hardy said: “There are two issues, here. One is that the leak is flooding land around it, including access to two places of work.

“The other is the amount of water that will be lost over the course of two months. I’m sure that, come the summer, Anglian Water will be ordering us not to use hose pipes yet they seem content to watch it gallons of it dribble away.”

An email to Mr Hardy from Anglian Water said they understood from the council that the length of the diversion that would be created has delayed permission being granted.

It says: “Having looked at the work that is required, we are going to have to close the road for two to three days to replace a section of main that we believe is leaking.

“Whilst the road is a fairly minor road, the diversion for people wishing to travel from Preston Deanery to Quinton will be approximately four miles. “Northamptonshire County Council Highways will have taken this in to account when we requested the road closure and have determined that they are not prepared to allow us to close the road until the end of April. “Unfortunately as they are responsible for the road network, we are bound by the instructions of the local council and we have to compromise within their timescale.”

Anglian Water added that, if the leak worsens they can request a higher priority for the road closure.

A spokesman for Northamptonshire County Council said: “The county council co-ordinates utility company works on the highways so disruption to the travelling public is kept to a minimum.

“Applications which require a road closure, such as this, normally need a three month notice period to make sure people have plenty of time to plan in advance.

“However, the system is run in a pragmatic way so that if utility firms need immediate access for emergency repairs, they are allowed access to the highway.

“For regular applications utility firms can also ask for an early start date, which on this occasion has not been applied for.”